Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM
This drinking song celebrates the biochemistry of getting drunk, the hangover that ensues, and the microorganism behind it all.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Louis Pasteur joined The Clancy Brothers? Or if The Chieftains were more nerdy and less talented? Well, wonder no longer!
I wrote this song about the science of beer last year and the folks at The Salt asked me to dust it off in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
In a vaguely Irish style, the song salutes that hero of beer production, the yeast Saccharomyces cervevisiae, and explains the biochemistry of inebriation.
On Sunday morning, you may well be cursing ethanol's effect on vasopressin and glycogen, but for now, I hope you enjoy this song with a cool pint. Sláinte! [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]
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